Indiana Public Health Conference

Morning: Gabriel Wishik, MD, MPH

Dr. Gabriel WishikGabriel Wishik, MD, MPH, is board certified in general internal medicine and addiction medicine. He is the medical director at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program’s (BHCHP) flagship clinic.  He is also the Addiction Medicine Associate Fellowship Director at Boston Medical Center (BMC), where he teaches fellows, residents, and students. Dr. Wishik staffs BMC’s inpatient Addiction Consult Service which offers expertise to inpatient teams caring for patients with substance use disorders. His clinical interests also include the care of individuals experiencing homelessness, transitional care of individuals with criminal justice involvement, and transgender care. Dr. Wishik has developed expertise in bringing harm reduction strategies into clinical medicine and has been intimately involved in BHCHP’s programming to engage with people who actively inject drugs. This includes BHCHP’s Safe Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT), where people at risk of overdose can present for medical observation and engagement. He is one of three providers staffing a mobile clinic in collaboration with Boston’s local syringe exchange program to target local overdose hotspots for paired medical and harm reduction services. Dr. Wishik is an expert in overdose response planning and bathroom safety and has been instrumental in BHCHP’s response to an increasing number of onsite overdoses. He has also briefed city and state decision makers in advocacy for supervised consumption spaces to address the overdose crisis.  Dr. Wishik received his medical degree and M.P.H from Tulane University and was a resident and chief resident at Emory University.

Lunchtime: Sam Tsemberis, PhD

Dr. Sam TsembrisDr. Tsemberis is a clinical-community psychologist who developed the Housing First model. He serves as President/CEO of the Pathways Housing First Institute and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Tsemberis also serves as Executive Director for the VA-UCLA Center of Excellence for Training and Research on Veterans Homelessness in Los Angeles, and Clinical Director for national Housing First for Youth Program, in Canada.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Harm Reduction and Syringe Service Program Workshop
October 10, 2018 from 8:30AM to 12:30PM
Fee: $30

This workshop provides an opportunity for local health departments and their community partners to explore the process of engaging their communities in discussions and planning around harm reduction and syringe services programs (SSPs). Public health and harm reduction experts will provide an interactive learning experience for participants. Counties at all stages of SSP development are encouraged to attend. Capacity: 50

Workshop participants will: 

  • Explore personal and community beliefs about harm reduction and SSPs
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to SSPs they have encountered in their communities
  • Discuss what has worked and what hasn’t in Indiana counties with active and discontinued SSPs  
  • Learn about options for housing, equipping and staffing an SSP 
  • Create action steps for moving forward with harm reduction and SSP development in a county or municipality  


Thank you to our general sponsors Indiana University Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge Initiative, Marion County Public Health Department, Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Indiana CTSI, and Interact for Health. It’s not too late to be an exhibitor or sponsor!

Exhibitor/Sponsor Information


Registration for the Pre-Conference Workshop and the full-day Conference is now open. 


Who Plans the Public Health Conference?

This conference is being planned by the IUPUI Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, IU School of Public Health - Bloomington, Purdue University –Public Health Graduate program, University of Indianapolis, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Madison County Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health, Marion County Health Department, Indiana Rural Health Association, Indiana Public Health Association, Overdose Lifeline, IU School of Medicine, Ball State University, Indiana Association of School Nurses, and other partners.


Thank you to our sponsors for their support and commitment to bringing people together to share best-practices, experiences, and innovation in harm reduction.


Interact for Health
Indiana CTSI
Indiana Rural Health Association
Covering Kids & Families


The Indiana University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support, educational programs sponsored by the Indiana University School of Medicine must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor.

Continuing Education Credits

Pending: CHES credits are being sought for this event.